Frequently Asked Questions
A lot has been done. We couldn’t have shown it at Sundance in January without a cut being complete, but sometimes films are shown in film festivals even when they have not been finalized for release. You can do certain things at a festival that you can’t in the marketplace: like use temp music, and archival photography and have temp credits.
And there is still more to be done. What we need to finalize NOW is the final sound mix, the film’s score and graphics, color correction, creating mastered elements for digital retailers, licensing archival footage (this is huge) and licensing our music. None of this includes the many new expenses of releasing the film directly to fans.
We want to engage communities across the country to work with the film and inspire audiences to act on a range of issues such as the push to overturn Citizens United, pushing for disclosure and reductions in corporate expenditures on political campaigns, campaign spending limits, public financing of elections and campaign finance reform.Last updated:
The initial broadcast date was going to be in the Fall of 2014, before public television backed out of our partnership after feeling pressure from their high donors. We are planning a multi-platform release, incorporating theatrical, television broadcast, a community screening program, educational release, and then ultimately DVD and online release.
Each phase of release will be supported by the community engagement program partnerships with dozens of national and regional partner organizations aligned to reduce the impact of big money on the political process. Through this type of collaboration, we hope to maximize the reach and impact of the film.Last updated:
We launched this campaign with one simple goal – to connect people who believe the film should not have been suppressed from the public airwaves and ask them to help us self-distribute it so it could be seen. We believe our experience and the content of our film is part of an important conversation about the influence of money in politics.
We’ve been making films for a while, but are new to kickstarter, and we looked at statistics about rewards. $75 seemed to be the average, and we wanted to put our actual film reward in this price-range since we thought if this was the average, the backers at this level would surely want the digital download of DVD of the finished project as one reward.
We were also told Kickstarter is not a store – in other words, the value of items isn’t a 1-1 ratio to the money donated. We admit this may have been out of touch with other campaigns, but it was a decision we made in good faith. If you pledge this amount, you will receive a digital copy of the film. We are not allowed to lower this amount now after the campaign launched.Last updated:
Kickstarter does not take checks, but we will happily accept a check and we will apply your Kickstarter reward at that level. Please write the check to our fiscal sponsor The International Documentary Association and write in the memo that it is for CITIZEN KOCH. Mail your check to:
3470 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 980
Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA.
please include your email and mailing address so we can be sure to include you in future updates!Last updated:
We surpassed the initial goal of $75,000 well before the end of the third day of a month-long campaign that will end on August 8. We are now trying to replace and exceed the entire $150,000 that public television executives committed to the project but then rescinded in order to placate David Koch.
With additional funds, we can organize screenings in every state legislature in the nation and in communities from coast to coast -- in movie theaters, on college campuses, in public libraries, houses of worship, and community centers.
And we can also develop and distribute screening materials, like the “Citizen Koch” study guide for classrooms and a screening toolkit to help community groups put on strategic, action-oriented events, a flyer featuring actions we can all take to end the corruptive force of money in politics and web-based resources like a clickable “state-a-base” with the latest on state propositions and legislative actions linked to money in politics.
Every additional penny pledged will help us realize these outreach and engagement goals.Last updated:
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